The ability for the student to disciple someone who also disciples someone is the measure of ministry success. The student will demonstrate the ability to form a group from non-believers. This course covers a systematic approach to making Christlike Disciples. The student will learn the steps to discipleship, how to identify where a person is in their growth in Christ and how to help people grow at each level. Practical application will be made in the classroom in small groups and in the faith community of the student. The student will explain in what ways we are able to be like Christ and in what ways we are not able to be like Christ. The student will be able to compare and contrast at least two discipleship methods. Means and methods for creating a new discipleship pattern will be taught to the student so they are able to adapt to their own context if a new model is appropriate. The student will be able to list key elements that a disciple is able to do.
Discipleship is the core mission of the Church of the Nazarene. Many systems have been designed to help with this process. A course that tried to do an overview of various methods do not go deep enough for the student to understand why the system actual works. It is necessary to examine a model with enough depth to truly understand it and then allow the student to branch out and modify, adopt, or create as necessary. Putnam’s approach is translatable and simple enough to be easily grasped with no “secret” or “special” elements. This course may be taught over the period of several months to a year. . The class can be based around the book “Real Life Discipleship” by Jim Putnam and will include adaptation of the phrases and characteristics into the language and culture of the student. Putnam’s approach is recommended due to the simplicity of the language and the ability for it to be easily adapted into multiple cultures.
Program Outcomes AP Regional Source Book
CN-4 Ability to explain the basic principals of biblical interpretation.
CN-7 Ability to explain scriptural holiness from the Wesleyan-Armenian holiness perspective.
CP-2 Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.
CP-10 Ability to determine directions and personnel for the building up of the Church.
CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.
CH-2 Ability to find, describe and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.
CX-4 Basic ability to analyze and describe community and church dynamics.
The student should introduce good holiness literature as well as classical Christian literature (audio, video, or other formats) for his/her congregation so that they can continuously to grow in their every day life outside of the church. CN-15 DIS
The student will explain the nature of growth in grace, leading up to and following salvation, leading up to and following Entire Sanctification. CN-16 DIS
To use the reading of God’s Word to improve one’s spiritual growth for personal devotions and to model that for a small group. CN-60 DIS
The student will be able to explain the basic essential concepts of discipleship, and explain what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples. CP-30 DIS
The student will start a discipleship group. CP-31 DIS
The student will demonstrate that those they are discipling are equipped to disciple others. CP-32 DIS
The student should demonstrate how to establish an accountability group among his/her discipleship groups. CP-33 DIS
The students demonstrate how to care for the growth of the disciples in applying the Word of God in everyday life. CP-34 DIS
The student will train their disciples in the application of evangelism. CP-35 DIS
The student will demonstrate how to develop questions and make observations of the group that enables the group to more fully understand each other’s spiritual condition. CP-36 DIS
The student will demonstrate how to lead a person to Entire Sanctification. CP-37 DIS
The student will understand how to write then share their conversion/spiritual journey narrative. CP-38 DIS
Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CP-39 DIS
The student will lead by example by demonstrating they are being discipled and discipling others as well. CH-17 DIS
The students will testify each week to love by putting the needs of someone else ahead of their own. CH-18 DIS
The student will model spiritual disciplines to their small group and others including: prayer, devotional reading, fasting, solitude, public worship and others. CH-19 DIS
Demonstrate the Character qualities identified as Modeling Christ. CH-20 DIS
The student will explain several ways to teach and to influence his/her congregation to have a strong passion of prayer and form various types of prayer groups and meetings. CN-46 PRA
The student will explain what is a occasional prayer and what is unceasing prayer. CN-47 PRA
List several benefits that come from regular Sabbath. CX-16 SAB
Explain various hazards to a healthy small group, such as: becoming too self focused, gossip: exclusiveness, eternal non-ending, general stupidity, loss of purpose, power struggles between groups, thinking that just talking makes the group important, disconnected from the mission of the congregation and church. CX-17 SMG
Content 9 30%
Competency 12 40%
Character 6 20%
Context 3 10%
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